Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Grand Junction, CO

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FXUS65 KGJT 202336
AFDGJT

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
536 PM MDT WED AUG 20 2014

.SHORT TERM...(TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT)
ISSUED AT 308 PM MDT WED AUG 20 2014

DRIER AIR IS ENTRAINING INTO THE AREA FROM THE SOUTHWEST AND THIS
APPEARS TO BE HELPING HOLD DOWN VERTICAL DEVELOPMENT OVER CENTRAL
AND SW CO AND SE UT. A WEAK UPPER TROUGH IS DRAGGING ACROSS NW CO
AND THIS WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE EXTRA LIFT NEEDED FOR SINGLE
CELL THUNDERSTORMS TO FORM...MAINLY OVER HIGHER TERRAIN. STILL...
WITH A FEW MORE HOURS OF SUN AVAILABLE THE REST OF THE
AFTERNOON...SCATTERED SHOWERS AND TSTMS SHOULD DEVELOP OVER THE
MOUNTAINS OF CENTRAL CO AFTER ABOUT 22Z AND CONTINUE UNTIL
SUNSET...WITH ISOLATED DEVELOPMENT ELSEWHERE.

CONTINUED DRYING IS EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THU NGT WITH
LOWER POPS AND CLOUD COVER EXPECTED. THE INTERESTING THING TO
WATCH WILL BE THE INTERACTION OF MOISTURE FROM TROPICAL STORM
LOWELL IN THE ERN PACIFIC WITH THE APPROACH TROUGH FROM THE NW.
SOME MOISTURE IS BEING DRAWN NORTH OVER BAJA CALIFORNIA AND IS
DRAWING A BEAD ON THE FOUR CORNERS. BY THU NIGHT THE NAM12
COMBINES THIS MOISTURE WITH THE NEXT MONSOONAL SURGE COMING UP
FROM NW MEXICO.

.LONG TERM...(FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY)
ISSUED AT 308 PM MDT WED AUG 20 2014

TS LOWELL IS FORECAST TO REMAIN NEARLY STATIONARY OFF OF THE
COAST OF BAJA CALIFORNIA AND CONTINUE TO FEED SOME MID TO HIGH
LEVEL MOISTURE INTO THE FOUR CORNERS REGION. ANOTHER CLOSED LOW
IS FORECAST TO DROP INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AS AN OFFSHOOT OF
THE HIGH AMPLITUDE WESTERN US TROUGH IN PLACE. AS THIS CLOSED LOW
DIVES INTO THE INTERMOUNTAIN WEST THIS WEEKEND...TS LOWELL WILL
SLOWLY SHIFT TO THE WEST AND HAVE LESS OF AN INFLUENCE ON MOISTURE
IN THE REGION. FRIDAY NIGHT...THE APPROACHING LONGWAVE TROUGH WILL
BRING THE COUPLING OF A BAROCLINIC ZONE AND UPPER LEVEL JET WHICH
SHOULD BRING NOCTURNAL ACTIVITY TO THE NORTHERN PART OF THE GJT
CWA. QG FORCING IS MODERATE WITH THIS BOUNDARY. EXPECTING RAIN
AND STORMS FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING ACROSS NORTHERN
UTAH AND COLORADO...WITH SCATTERED PRECIPITATION OVER THE
MOUNTAINS ELSEWHERE.

THIS TROUGHY PATTERN WILL CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK...WITH
MONDAY NIGHT/TUESDAY LOOKING LIKE THE NEXT SOMEWHAT ACTIVE
WEATHER DAY AFTER FRIDAY NIGHT/SATURDAY. THERE IS CONSIDERABLY
GOOD AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GFS AND EC IN THE LONG TERM...AND THE
CURRENT MODELS SUGGEST HIGH PRESSURE MAY ARRIVE BY THE END OF NEXT
WEEK.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 00Z TAFS THROUGH 00Z THURSDAY EVENING)
ISSUED AT 528 PM MDT WED AUG 20 2014

SOME ISOLATED CONVECTION HAS FIRED THIS AFTERNOON AFFECTING KVEL
AND KCNY WITH VCTS AND -TSRA ON STATION WITH REPORTS OF SOME GUSTY
WINDS OF 35 TO 40 MPH. A WEAK WAVE IS MOVING OVERHEAD WHICH MAY
CAUSE MORE CONVECTION TO FIRE THROUGH 06Z THOUGH TAF SITES WILL
LIKELY REMAIN UNAFFECTED. SOME ISOLD CONVECTION POSSIBLE THURSDAY
BUT COVERAGE LOOKS TO BE ON THE LOW SIDE WITH AERODROMES LIKELY
REMAINING VFR THROUGH THE DAY.

&&

.GJT WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
CO...NONE.
UT...NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...CC
LONG TERM...JAM
AVIATION...TGR



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